Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
LivFarms’ Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette is a savory, aromatic dressing that marries the sweet, caramelized depth of roasted garlic with the zesty sharpness of red wine vinegar. The richness of the olive oil smooths out the acidity, creating a well-rounded base that's elevated by the subtle heat and complexity of Dijon mustard. Dried thyme adds an earthy, slightly floral undertone, infusing the vinaigrette with an herbaceous aroma that complements the robust flavors. This dressing's full-bodied and nuanced taste profile makes it a perfect pairing for LivFarms’ Romaine lettuce. To build a salad that harmonizes with this vinaigrette, consider adding roasted vegetables like bell peppers or zucchini for a smoky sweetness, shaved Parmesan or crumbled goat cheese for a creamy tang, and toasted croutons for a crunchy texture. This Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette transforms a simple salad into a gourmet experience.
- 2 cloves roasted garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a bowl, combine 2 cloves of mashed roasted garlic, ¼ cup red wine vinegar, and ⅓ cup olive oil.
- Add 1 teaspoon dijon mustard to the mixture.
- Sprinkle in 1 teaspoon dried thyme for an herby note.
- Season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper to taste.
- Whisk the ingredients together until the vinaigrette is well emulsified.
- Allow the flavors to meld by refrigerating the dressing for at least 1 hour before serving.
Thyme has a warm, earthy, and slightly minty flavor profile that adds depth to the dressing. In LivFarms lettuce salads, incorporating thyme into the vinaigrette imparts a savory and aromatic quality, elevating the overall taste experience. Thyme pairs well with a variety of salad ingredients, enhancing the flavor without overpowering the freshness of the lettuce. Nutritionally, thyme is a rich source of vitamins, including vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. It also contains essential minerals such as iron, manganese, and calcium. The herb is low in calories, making it a nutritious addition to your diet. Thyme's essential oils, like thymol, contribute to its unique flavor and may have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. Health benefits of thyme include its potential to support respiratory health, boost the immune system, and provide antibacterial properties. Thyme has been used in traditional medicine for its respiratory benefits, and its compounds may help ease coughs and congestion. Additionally, thyme contains antioxidants that can help neutralize free radicals in the body, supporting overall health. Incorporating thyme into the Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette not only enhances the flavor of your LivFarms lettuce salad but also introduces an herb with nutritional value and potential health benefits.